Vegan Papaya Blueberry Smoothie

  Even though I am very well away from my vegan diet, at times, I do go back to them when I feel really bloated. 😀 I am of the belief that our body needs a little of everything to survive and pull on, so you will never see advocating one type of eating habit. Yet, when we go a bit overboard with eating, a raw vegan diet for a few days does really calm your system down. It is only based on my experience and not necessarily it works for everybody. We have to see how each of our bodies react and eat accordingly. I may brag about it but always end up being the last person to do it, though off late I am trying to really watch out what I am eating.   Sharing with you today, a delicious vegan smoothie, that is one of my favorites… 

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Kiwi Green Grape Juice

  After the Coriander Chutney, here is the second one in line. A totally green juice, filled with fruits and the goodness of coconut water – that is how I would call this. Kiwi and green grapes are normally not a combination that you would see juiced together. So I combined it more to see how it would fare. I am also not a fan of coconut water – yeah, something surprising considering I love anything with coconut, but don’t seem to like the water! All in all, I must say it was a very refreshing drink. The chia seeds though optional, adds an extra kick to the whole drink. I feel blessed to stay in a country like UAE, where you get fruits of various kinds all throughout the year coming from various countries. Alhamdulillah, we can survive on a bowl of fruits if I feel lazy to cook… 

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Adeni Chai ~ Yemeni Milk Tea

  Tea is my favorite beverage, if made properly. An improper tea peeves me off. I guess it runs in the family. It’s with my parents, it’s with HD as well. We prefer having tea from street side restaurants rather than homes most of the time, since many just can’t make a proper cup of tea. 🙁 I feel really bad to say this, but it is from experience. There are very rare times when I have really liked the tea from somebody’s house. I feel people make coffee better, since it is more easier to do so I always ask for it. Hehe…   Like tea? Then here are some that are already on the blog – not the sulamani types! 😉 My way of making chai Burma Chai – for people who love tea with just milk! Kashmiri Chai Teh Terik – Malaysian Milk Tea Yuan Yang – Coffee… 

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Piyush ~ Thick Yogurt/ Shrikand Lassi

  I normally don’t like to admit that I am tired. Actually speaking, I AM tired. Sleep is totally a limited business these days. With parents around, the kids are taking full advantage of the fact that I won’t be able to yell at them as much as I would when they aren’t there. Even though umma tells me to go off to sleep, I feel uncomfortable if the kids are not around or the thought is in my mind that they haven’t slept. No wonder they say that it is all in your mind. If I really want to sleep, I can just go off. On top of that, even though it is not even cold – I can’t believe we are almost at the end of January and winter is still playing peek-a-boo! 🙁 – it is so nice to sleep. So I just don’t feel like waking… 

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Naaranga Sulaimaani ~ Lime Black Tea

  A sulaimaani is just that – a dreamy concoction. At any point of time, I prefer my paal chaaya, but at times I do get a bit fed up of it and get myself a small glass of sulaimaani. Normally, I make it this way with a dash of cardamom, but at times when I need a little kick, or when the meal has been too heavy, then a black tea with a nice squeeze of lime does the trick. While doing this post, I remembered this one that Sona (I wish she revives her blog for which I did a guest post sometime back…) had shared on her timeline…     I like this quote, though I have no clue how much I will stick to this. Improving ourselves is an ongoing process but I have never felt like giving it time and concentrating on it. I don’t know if it… 

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Vegan Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

  After the Mint Hot Chocolate and the Biscoff White Hot Chocolate, here comes the third one!   Since I have gone through the difficulties of having some of my favorite food during the vegan days, I had found ways to go about it. I still like to look back and take around the lessons and still crave for good vegetarian food rather than non-veg after that little phase in my life! 😀 Something I used to crave so much for was hot chocolate and somehow I was really not liking too much dark chocolate. On top, I am really not a fan of hot chocolate with cocoa powder, but then you need to adjust as per your circumstances, right? 🙂 That is when this hot chocolate was born.   Since I used to keep making almond milk, in order to finish them soon, I used to end up making… 

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Biscoff White Hot Chocolate

  After the minty hot chocolate, here’s the second one. Biscoff White Hot Chocolate is simply a white hot chocolate spiked up with some Biscoff! How does that sound? I got the idea during my Google searches and was really smitten by the idea. The Biscoff goes amazingly well with the white chocolate, in fact I believe this combination would be much better than the combination of milk chocolate with Biscoff. I have already posted a white hot chocolate before on the blog, which also had a spike of cinnamon. Similar to that one, this one also has a sprinkle of cinnamon powder at the top and it gives a very homely feeling to the drink. Off to the recipe… and I hope you will keep waiting for what is going to appear tomorrow as the third recipe… 🙂       Biscoff White Hot Chocolate   Save Print Prep… 

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Mint Hot Chocolate

  I guess I mentioned it last month, but mentioning it again today… InShaAllah, in 2017 the 3 back-to-back will be done every second month than every month, so that it will make it easy for me to work around a theme and follow it too. Till now I was able to do it without much hassle, but since I don’t want to put a lot of pressure on myself, I am letting it go a bit loose. 😀 But don’t worry, we are at the end of this year and I do have a 3B2B this time, which is going to amaze you… Ready? OK, then, read on…   I guess looking at the picture and the title of today’s post, you maybe thinking that I am featuring warm drinks. Yes, it is winters, there are some cold winds, all you need is some blanket all over you and… 

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Blueberry Lassi

  I was wondering to myself… it’s been ages since I shared any slides that have influenced me. Here is one that I discovered in my archive while browsing through: I don’t know if I have shared this before but sharing it again… Patience is beautiful, in fact the waiting period after the whole turmoil gives way to mostly a lovely phase in our life. Life is never the same, it always comes up to a better point in life where we look back and tell ourselves, why did I ever go through all that pain? 🙂 It is actually a mystery of life, that nobody will ever be able to explain to you. Allah has said that He will test us in various ways, so I always keep praying to Him to give me patience to handle whatever situation may arise. May Allah bless all of us with patience… 

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Apple Peanut Butter Milkshake

  Sometimes I wonder why as a blogger, I need to be in pressure to start my posts with introductions. Sometimes, my mind is blank but I still want to go ahead and do a post since I feel very uneasy if I don’t attend to my blog regularly. I am so used to doing it now, that keeping it empty for too long a time is not in my mind at the moment. It doesn’t mean that I will be able to keep this pace till my blogging passion lasts. It just means that when I have the opportunity to continue with it, I would like to keep going on with it with His Grace. Life is never meant to be in the same pace all the time. Alhamdulillah, even with the ups and downs life gave me, I was able to keep blogging. Maybe I must rephrase it… 

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Persimmon Pistachio Lassi

  My favorite fruit is back in season! But I always wonder why I have so much difficulty finding it in the markets here. 🙁 Usually HD’s staff goes to the main fruit and vegetable market to get stuff but despite explaining it to them, they were not able to trace this fruit. A couple of weeks back, I found it in one hypermarket which is quite far away from home. I had to go there for checking something, but didn’t find it, but that disappointment was offset when I found a big box of persimmons staring at me while simply loitering in the supermarket. Hehe… I must admit that I ate almost the whole box all by myself. HD must have eaten just one and B didn’t even bother to eat it, even though he likes this fruit. Two got pulsed into this delicious lassi as well. All you… 

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Chickoo/ Sapota Milkshake

  Of late, I have taken a little change from my normal routine. Everyday, I used to slave an hour and a half in the morning in some pathetic traffic to get to office and a little over an hour in the evening to get back home. For a couple of weeks, I was without a vehicle to commute and my colleague introduced me to the joy of metro riding. Even though I knew it was convenient, I always thought it was crowded and liked to excuse myself from it for so many unjustifiable reasons. But once I started using it, it made me realise how much stress it takes away from me. The ride is exactly 30 minutes to the nearest station to my office, which is followed by a 5-8 minute walk. With the climate getting better, I started using it and now even though I have a… 

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Rose Lemonade

  I guess I will use this post as a more of a picture intensive post, than of words. 😉 A couple of posts ago, I mentioned regarding our trip to a place called Koorachundu. This place is situated in Calicut District and was around an hour drive from HD’s place. I know it’s been two months now but I am still suffering from the hangover. 😕   When we were on vacation, we had planned to take a week to go visiting Andaman Islands, however all the schedules were turned upside down and we had to shelve that plan. Wanting to escape from the routine of having to visit relatives and eat loads of food, we finally decided to move out with the help of his brother, to a place where it would be just nature and us. From all the days we were there, the day we decided… 

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Kulukki Sarbath ~ Malabar Basil Limeade

  The climate maybe getting better over here, but sometimes it is really hot especially in the afternoons, that you still need something to cool you down instantly. A tall glass of Kulukki Sarbath always comes handy in this case. Kulukki Sarbath is nothing but a basil seed limeade which is so common in Kerala. Literally, it means “shaken drink”. To read a bit of its history, you can hop onto this link. Though it seems to have originated in Calicut, it has gained more popularity in Kochi. You can find these quite a lot on the streets back home but umma would never allow us to have them since you read all sorts of stories about what kind of water is used – better not dwell around it! With this legendary simple drink taking all sorts of variations now, I resort to making the basic simple edition of lime… 

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DIY: Dulche De Leche in Pressure Cooker & DDL Coffee

  I have written about DDL in detail in the previous posts. Dulche De Leche is nothing but condensed milk cooked to make it caramel like. This is one of the best discoveries when I fell in love with cooking. Adding DDL to a dessert just lifts it to another level. A few recipes on the blog that already use up this wonder ingredient: Mexican Flan Banoffee Pie DDL Ice Cream DDL Bundt Cake DDL Brownies – my absolute favorite! DDL Baked Cheesecake   Making DDL from scratch is actually a tedious process. It is no fun cooking the tin for a few hours – 3 to 4 hours – soaked up in hot water on low flame. Instead, I use my trusted pressure cooker to do the job for me. It gets done so easily and you just need to leave it overnight to cool completely, to make it… 

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